St. Luke’s Health System is suing Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez, the People’s Rights Network, FreedomMan Press LLC, FreedomMan Political Action Committee, and the Ammon Bundy for Governor campaign in a civil lawsuit stemming from protests that took place in March 2022.
The protests were conducted in regard to the health and medical care of Rodriguez’s grandson, Cyrus Anderson. A series of events that became known as “Save Baby Cyrus” occurred from the time the 10-month-old child was taken into custody by order of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on March 11 until he was returned to his parents Levi and Marissa Anderson on March 18. During at least one of the protests, several Idaho legislators and the Lieutenant Governor attended in support of the Anderson family.
The entire story from the perspective of Defendant Diego Rodriguez can be found here: Baby Cyrus | Freedom Man Press. Rodriguez has also created a website to document the suit from his perspective which can be found here: Details About the Fraudulent Lawsuit (stlukesexposed.com)
The lawsuit, filed by St. Luke’s Health System on May 11, 2022, paints a very different picture of the thoughts, motives, and goals of the Defendants named.
You can read the original civil complaint in its entirety here: Dropbox – Lawsuit Share – Simplify your life
The Plaintiffs listed on the complaint are St. Luke’s Health System, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Chris Roth (CEO of St. Luke’s), and Dr. Natasha Erickson (a Pediatric Physician at St. Luke’s).
An amended complaint was filed on June 2, 2022 adding Plaintiff Tracy Jungman, a Nurse Practitioner.
The suit alleges the following:
Count 1: Defamation (Libel and Slander) – All Plaintiffs Against All Defendants
Count 2: Invasion of Privacy – CEO Chris Roth, Dr. Natasha Erickson, NP Tracy Jungman Against All Defendants
Count 3: Intentional Affliction of Emotional Distress – CEO Chris Roth, Dr. Natasha Erickson, NP Tracy Jungman Against All Defendants
Count 4: Common Law Trespass – St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center (Boise) Against Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez
Count 5: Statutory Trespass – St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center (Boise) Against Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez
Count 6: Unfair Business Practices – All Plaintiffs Against All Defendants
Count 7: Idaho Charitable Solicitation Act – All Plaintiffs Against Defendants Diego Rodriguez and FreedomMan PAC
Count 8: Civil Conspiracy to Commit Defamation, Invasion of Privacy, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Trespass, Unfair Business Practices, and Wrongful Charitable Solicitations – All Plaintiffs Against All Defendants
Some of the statements made in the lawsuit by St. Luke’s, et al. through their attorney Erik Stidham at Holland & Hart Law Firm include,
“The actions and practices of Bundy, Rodriguez, and FreedomMan PAC are misleading, false, or deceptive.”
“Bundy’s Rodriguez’s, and FreedomMan PAC’s conduct and pattern of conduct are outrageous and offensive to the public conscience.”
“Plaintiff St. Luke’s has suffered damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”
The suit seeks the following relief from the court:
A. An award to St. Luke’s Parties for damages in the sum to be proven at trial but in no event less than $50,000;
B. Injunctive relief requiring the Defendants to cease posting and disseminating defamatory statements against the St. Lukes Parties;
C. An award to the St. Luke’s Parties of their reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs for this matter under Idaho Code §§ 12-120(3), 12-121, or other applicable authorities and statutes; and
D. Provide such other relief as the Court determines fair, just, and appropriate under the circumstances.
Idaho Dispatch spoke to Defendants Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez regarding this matter. Bundy describes in the interview that he does not open, read, or respond to any of the correspondence he receives regarding the civil case.
Idaho Dispatch asked for comment from St. Luke’s Health System but have not received a response. We also reached out to Holland and Hart and have not received a response. This article will be updated if we receive responses.
In addition to the civil lawsuit, there is also a criminal trespassing charge against Bundy in regard to his presence at the St. Luke’s Meridian location the night Cyrus was removed from his parents. The pretrial conference for that charge is scheduled for January 18, 2023 at 10am at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise. The trial date is January 23, 2023.
A jury trial has been set for St. Luke’s Health System v. Diego Rodriguez on Monday, July 10, 2023. The trial has been scheduled for 10 full days at the Ada County Courthouse.
It is unknown if there is a trial date set for the civil complaints against the other Defendants.
Tags: Ammon Bundy, Baby Cyrus, Chris Roth, CPS, Cyrus Anderson, Defamation, Diego Rodriguez, Erik Stidham, FreedomMan PAC, FreedomManPAC, Holland & Hart, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Natasha Erickson, Peoples Rights, Save Baby Cyrus, St. Lukes, Trespass